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 Chemical Digestion and Absorption


 Answer the following questions concerning carbohydrate digestion and absorption. (a) Where in the digestive tract does carbohydrate digestion occur? What about absorption? (b) What is the major dietary carbohydrate we ingest? (c) Very briefly, what is the structure of that major carbohydrate referred to in part (b)? (d) What can one say about the size of a carbohydrate when it is absorbed by an enterocyte; i.e., is it likely to be a polysaccharide, an oligosaccharide, a disaccharide, or a monosaccharide?